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A Wicked Yarn (A Craft Fair Knitters Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Such a cozy combination—knitting and murder. A delightful, well-crafted mystery!"—Essie Lang, author of the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
"This heart-warming mystery knits together family and friends in pursuit of a cunning killer."—Maya Corrigan, author of the Five-Ingredient Mystery series
"Charming, crafty, and so very cozy! Emmie Caldwell has stitched together an entertaining, well-plotted mystery that’s as cozy as a favorite sweater. The clues are artfully woven into the story, and Lia and her daughter, Hayley, are a dynamic sleuthing duo. A Wicked Yarn is bound to delight fans of crafting cozies!"—Sarah Fox, author of Much Ado About Nutmeg
About the Author
- ASIN : B086J727VQ
- Publisher : Berkley (December 29, 2020)
- Publication date : December 29, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1711 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593101685
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #281,787 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Author Emmie Caldwell's (Mary Ellen Hughes) debut book in the Craft Fair Knitters is going to be a lot for the author to live up too. Like the pilot of a TV series, the first book in a series is all about introducing the characters and setting, so it can be often be slow going. That was not the case with A WICKED YARN. By the end of the first couple of chapters I felt like I was in a familiar place with wonderful friends.
As for the mystery, is was very well written. I tried to get into the author's head for just a hint of who the baddy was, but I was stumped. Protagonist Lia and I learned the killer's identity at the same time. Totally worth sitting up half the night to read.
Lia is not usually an amateur sleuth; she actually knows nothing about tracking down a killer. But she jumps in when her best friend is the prime suspect in the murder of her ex-husband. There are quite a few suspects and motives to keep track of, so readers will need to keep on their toes. The murderer is not caught easily, it takes everything Lia and her knitting group has to find the evidence and keep a killer from escaping justice.
This book is an excellent start in this series. Readers will enjoy the interaction between Lia and her daughter and the knitting crew. The scenery is picturesque with enough detail to make you want to spend a few hours roaming through the quaint little town. A Wicked Yarn is the first book in a new series, so there is a lot of setup and introductions; for some readers, this can be a turnoff, but in order to get to the good stuff, and for future books, it is necessary. Overall, however, I found the characters likable, the setting soothing, and the mystery believable. I look forward to the next book in this series.
The murder mystery was, of course, the focal point, and cleverly sprinkled clues gradually led to the exciting conclusion.
I highly recommend A Wicked Yarn, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next Craft Fair Knitters Mystery.
A delightful new series comes from Emmie Caldwell, who also writes as Mary Ellen Hughes.
Lia, a recent widow, has moved to Crandalsburg. She soon joins a knitting group who call themselves The Ninth Street Knitters. The Ninth Street Knitters sell their knitted items at the Crandalsburg Craft Fair, and Lia handles their booth. Lia’s long-time friend, Brenda, manages the fair, located in a barn that dates to the Civil War days. One day Brenda gets Lia’s attention and informs her that the barn is about to be sold, but nothing is known about the barn’s future or the Craft Fair. Soon Brenda’s ex-husband, Darren, is overheard talking with a business associate about his plans to tear down the barn once the sale goes through. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Lia plans on getting to the fair early show she can make sure that her booth is ready for what she expects to be a busy selling day. When she enters the barn, she finds Brenda standing over a body, who she soon learns is that of Darren. Fortunately for Brenda, she’s not the prime suspect, but foot traffic at the craft fair shows a drastic decline, so Lia sets out to investigate her own.
Lia’s daughter, Hayley, has come home for Mother’s Day and will be spending some time with Lia while she considers a job change. Hayley offers to help her mother with the investigation, and they will soon find several suspects.
I found the story to well-written and plotted. There were enough red herrings that kept me guessing until the end of the book as to who the murderer was. The characters are believable and well-developed, and I would be happy to call them my friends.
I will be watching for the next book in this engaging new series.